symbiont

noun
sym·bi·ont | \ ˈsim-bē-ˌänt \

Definition of symbiont 

: an organism living in symbiosis especially : the smaller member of a symbiotic pair

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In other words, can humans cultivate a better terrain for their symbionts? Jason Pontin, WIRED, "The 19th-Century Crank Who Tried to Tell Us About the Microbiome," 15 June 2018 When stressed by heat these symbionts start producing dangerous oxidants. The Economist, "Mass die-offs are driving efforts to create hardier corals," 15 Mar. 2018 Bassler’s first foray into quorum sensing involved Vibrio fischeri, a symbiont that lives inside deep ocean animals. Jeffrey Marlow, WIRED, "The Secret Languages of Microbes," 5 June 2013

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First Known Use of symbiont

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for symbiont

probably from German, modification of Greek symbiount-, symbiōn, present participle of symbioun

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symbiont

noun
sym·bi·ont | \ ˈsim-ˌbī-ˌänt , -bē- \

Medical Definition of symbiont 

: an organism living in symbiosis especially : the smaller member of a symbiotic pair

called also symbiote

Other words from symbiont

symbiontic \ˌsim-ˌbī-ˈänt-ik, -bē- \ adjective

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